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A Rude but Welcomed Awakening

I’ll not forget an experience I had late Spring 1990. We were in our 6th year as a company, having enjoyed five straight years of rapid growth and profitability. I had added personnel and our firm was working all over the state of Michigan. However, it was May and we had lost a considerable amount of money the first four months of the year.

Why Core Values are Important

Everyone has principles by which they live. For the business owner it might be financial freedom; for the school teacher, impacting the lives of the next generation; for the Christian, faith. Whether they are aware of it or not, all have values that shape their attitudes and direct their actions.

Why Legal Marijuana is a Bad Idea

Last November, Lansing, Michigan voters approved a measure prohibiting the city from regulating the "use, possession or transfer of less than 1 ounce of marijuana, on private property, by a person who has attained the age of 21 years.”

A similar move is currently underway in MSU’s hometown of East Lansing.

Lessons Learned from Near Bankruptcy

Most times its the things you learn when you’re down that stick.

Having begun in business in 1985, I built a larger, viable commercial painting company that grew from nothing to 60 employees and $3 million in sales. We had systems, procedures, a good grasp on the market, and even bought land and constructed a 10,000sf office/warehouse.

WHAT IS A PROPERLY PAINTED SURFACE?

In my 38 years as a Lansing-based painting contractor, customer-expectations for a finished product have been all over the map. From the warehouse owner who just wants his space brightened up with a quick coat of paint, to the home owner who with flood lamp in hand looks for flaws, it can be a challenge for painters to know exactly what to do.

CERAMIC PAINTS AWESOME!

Ceramic paint products have been on the market now for several years, and they have fast become T. L. Hart’s product of choice. Sold in both interior & exterior formulations, ceramic paint is 100% acrylic, low odor, and formulated with ceramic spheres to impart excellent stain resistance properties.

An Advisory Board Can Help Your Business

If you’re like me – a small business owner with minimal staff – no doubt there are times when you wish you had someone to bounce an idea off of or help you through a difficult decision.  If this is the case, you could benefit by forming an advisory board.

Momentum: A Leader’s Best Friend

I'll not forget the spring of 2002, which is when the effects of 9/11 finally hit my painting firm, T. L. Hart, Inc.  Like most other companies the world had been a good place to do business in; Michigan had been booming during the 90's along with the rest of the country.

Vision for Lansing Unfolding

Listening to Robert L. Trezise, Jr., President and CEO of LEAP (Lansing Economic Area Partnership) two times in one month makes me think that former Mayor David Hollister’s vision of Lansing as a world class city is coming to pass.  Consider the facts:

Lansing area ranked best in the nation for job growth in three major sectors
Lansing region’s GDP is 2nd best in the State of Michigan
Area population is growing
Greater Lansing named one of three in Michigan with growing housing market
Lansing is home to a number of major insurance companies and three state-of-the-art GM plants

I could go on (read all the good news at www.

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